Dr Howard received his Ph.D. from the University of Sheffield, where, as a BBSRC Case Award student with Advanced Technologies (Cambridge) Ltd., he explored metabolic engineering of primary metabolism for crop yield improvement. He has published research on a number of different aspects of the genetic and biochemical regulation of carbon flux in plants and microbes. Dr Howard is a keen advocate of research-led teaching, implementing these approaches for both undergraduates and pre-University students. He has successfully supervised Nuffield student scholars and is happy to receive enquiries from students about such placements. In 2012 Dr Howard led the inaugural University of Exeter entry into the iGEM competition and has been involved in iGEM ever since. He now co-hosts the wet-lab. aspects of the Newcastle iGEM teams.